Copyright Infringers to Be Cut OffNations around the world are threatening users who commit piracy crimes, that if they persist, they will be 'Cut Off'. This means that if you regularly commit infringe copyright via the internet, your internet service provider (ISP) could terminate your connection.
In the United Kingdom, the Office of Communications regulator (Ofcom) has recently proposed that a list of UK residents, who infringe copyright laws, are to be drawn up by the biggest ISPs. The proposal is an attempt to 'curb copyright infringement'.
Suspected infringers will be logged, the number of times the individual infringes copyright will also be logged. Before the Internet connection is cut, the infringer will be notified, and will be sent three warning letters, to tell them to stop infringing. Now if you ask me, three warning letters is very fair, and if you ignore them, you deserve your connection to be cut!
To start with, this would only apply to larger ISPs. However, if this encouraged a growth in piracy on other networks, it could extend to smaller ISPs and even mobile networks.
Film studios, music firms and more companies will be able to request details from the list, so that they can choose whether to take action against the infringers themselves.
Many critics to the proposals, are saying that there is a huge risk of peoples connections being hijacked, and then this person getting unfairly banned. This would mean that Internet users who a currently vulnerable because of a lack of understanding, would become even more at risk.
Despite these concerns, sound evidence would be needed, before any action would be taken against anyone, as it is very important that the system is fair for all.
Ofcom has said the rules should come into action in the early part of 2011. Copyright infringers, you have been warned!
Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 16th June 2010
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